Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Supreme Court hearing arguments on gun rights

"WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday took up gun control, hearing arguments concerning a District of Columbia ban on handguns more than two centuries after the Second Amendment gave Americans the right to "keep and bear arms."

A line forms Monday outside the Supreme Court, where justices took up the District of Columbia's gun ban.

Lawyers for both sides tried to strike a moderate tone before the court, arguing that there was an individual right to own a weapon, but that governments could impose reasonable gun-control legislation.

Alan Gura, arguing against the ban on Tuesday before the court said the city "simply doesn't trust the people to protect themselves in their homes."

But Walter Dellinger, a lawyer for the District of Columbia, said there should be a "a reasonable standard" to allow cities to pass gun-control legislation."

IMO, the District's gun ban is absolutely un-Constitutional, not only violating the 2nd Amendment, but also violating the 5th, possibly the 4th as well. Anyway, this is certainly interesting to watch... I'm hoping the Conservative court comes through.

2nd: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

4th: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..."

5th: "No person shall...be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law..."

What do you think?

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